Archive for the ‘Arabic & Mediterranean food’ Category

 An Arabic snack  – deep-fried dumplings of a batter of chickpeas, parsley  & mild seasoning, served with the famous Arabis dip, hummus.     PrepTime 15-40mins – Serves 5-6 = CookTime 15mins.           Ingredients: 1 tin boiled chickpeas (or soak a cup of chickpeas over night & then boil with water & salt) few sprigs of coriander leaves – chopped few sprigs of parsley – chopped a few green stalks of spring onions – chopped 2-3 [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 2 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A traditional Iranian soup with barley and mild spices – healthy & nutritious – it can be made veg or non-veg, equally superb!     SoakTime 3-4hrs – Serves 3-4 – CookTime 30mins Ingredients: 3 -4 cups chicken stock (or veg stock) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, diced 1 cup uncooked pearl barley soaked in warm water for 4-6hrs/ overnight 1 tsp turmeric Juice of 1 lime 1/4 cup tomato paste salt, to taste ground black pepper, to [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 29 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST

I LOVE THIS!!! And its not because I’ve lived in the gulf for over 20yrs but because its simply one of the tastiest, easiest & excitingly Arabic dishes in the world; certainly the most sought-after dish after Falafels. Super nutritious, healthy if grilled and juicy if done right like this…     PrepTime 25mins – Serves 5 – CookTime 30mins   Ingredients: 2lbs/ 1kg approx. lean ground lamb or beef (or a mix of them) 1 small onion, finely chopped [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 29 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Made some Seekh Kebabs for dinner tonight & used my special secret recipe to get the most soft, light, juicy & flavorful kebabs ever! Try this & you’ll never make them hard, heavy, dry or bland again!     PrepTime 5mins – Serves 4 – CookTime 20mins   Ingredients: 300g lean minced beef 1 onion – finely chopped 2 eggs – beaten 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1/2 tsp chili pwd 1/2 tsp pepper pwd 1/2 tsp dried parsley 1/2 tsp [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 28 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Had a pot-luck BBQ at home this past weekend & had the pleasure of meeting funnyguy Amit thru a common friend who brought him along. His contribution to the potluck were these amazing soft, delicious & juicy turkey (healthy!!) kebabs – something I’ll be making A LOT at home now! Thanks, Amit! PrepTime 2-3hrs – Serves 5 – CookTime 20mins.         Ingredients: 1lb Ground Turkey 1 cup fresh cliantro leaves a handful of fresh mint leaves Salt [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 18 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

This dish is sheer genius ‘FOODIFIED’ .. lol. If you’ve got any fresh minced meat – chicken, turkey, beef, etc.. just marinate it and either fry/bake the cutlets or just grill/ bbq them on skewers. Fast & Fantastic!     PrepTime 10mins – Serves 4 – CookTime 20mins         Ingredients: 1/2kg minced meat 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1/2 cup chopped coriander 1/4 cup chopped mint/parsley 1 onion – minced 1/4 tsp pepper pwd 1/4 tsp chili pwd 1/4 [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 18 - 2011 Add Comments READ FULL POST

An Arabic dish of rice & chicken where the rice is cooked in the chicken broth & topped with the fried chicken, served with dakoos/hot-sauce/tobasco, fresh salad & laban.           PrepTime 10mins – Cookbook 30mins – Serves 5   Ingredients: 1 full 1kg chicken 2 large cut onions 1 1″ cinnamon stick 5 cardamoms 3-4 red dried chilies 5 cloves 1/2 tsp pepper corns 3 bay leaves 1/2 tsp garlic-ginger paste 2 tsp salt cooking oil [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Oct - 3 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

An assortment of dips made with mint/ spinach/ hummus/red-peppers with sun-dried tomatoes to go with chips, crackers or finger salads.   PrepTime 2mins – CookTime 5mins – Serves 6   Individual Recipes: A) Spinach/ Mint dip for crackers & chips: For 12 crackers: Ingredients : A handful of mint/spinach leaves 2 tbsp cream-cheese 1/4 cup yoghurt/curd 1/4tsp cumin pwd a pinch of pepper 1 garlic clove Method: Grind the leaves & garlic. Then fold it into all the other ingredients. [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 18 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A unique & interesting way to consume healthy and nutritious Oats which help lower cholesterol & being rich in fiber, even help regulate digestion.       Ingredients:       3tbsp Oats 1cup/bowl of water 2tbsp plain or garlic &/or onion flavored tomato paste (NOT ketchup) 1/4 tsp each of salt, turmeric pwd, pepper pwd & dried parsley sugar & paprika/ red-chilly pwd to taste fresh chopped coriander &/or parsley leaves to garnish with.         Cooking [...]

Posted by mearl223 On Sep - 10 - 2009 Add Comments READ FULL POST

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